There are obvious concerns about the recent reports of “spiking” in hospitality venues. Drink spiking is not a new issue, but these latest incidents contain a more sinister element with allegations of substances being administered by needles.
There is also concern for the safety of the victims, who appear to consist mainly of female students. This comes at a time when the safety of women and girls in the night-time economy is a Government priority.
There are also reputational and commercial implications for the type of venues involved and the areas in which they are located.